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“She is what every teacher should be: clear, helpful, knowledgeable, and respectful.”

Sue Marcum, an accounting professor at American University here in DC, has been found dead in her Bethesda house; police are calling it a probable homicide.

The comment about her in my headline – taken from Rate My Professors – is typical. She was apparently able to make a pretty dull subject interesting. Almost everyone agrees that she was a great teacher.

The few details about her death that have been released suggest a robbery that turned deadly — a shocking event for her safe, affluent neighborhood.


The AU newspaper describes her students, some of them in tears, leaving her empty classroom this afternoon.


Update: A break in the case.

Margaret Soltan, October 25, 2010 3:10PM
Posted in: professors

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3 Responses to ““She is what every teacher should be: clear, helpful, knowledgeable, and respectful.””

  1. Clarissa Says:

    Gosh, that is so horrible.

  2. Debbie Ruttenberg Says:

    I knew Sue many years ago when she led a great group of women in the Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY). Sue made a difference in the lives of many young children and parents in DC.
    I was so proud to know her.
    I can’t believe this happened to such an amazing and wonderful person.
    Sue’s death is a loss to this world.

  3. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Debbie: Many thanks for that comment.

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